Blecher changes the education paradigm

From Cida to the Maharishi Institute, South African Taddy Blecher is taking his inwards-out approach to a whole new level. There are no hand-outs at this business university - each graduate pays for another student who takes his place in a cycle aimed at improving the community as a whole. We can end poverty, he says.

Taddy Blecher, pioneer of the free tertiary education movement

Reuben Riffle: chef with a big heart

Three award-winning restaurants, a lauded cook book and a big heart have made Reuben Riffel one of South Africa's favourite chefs. In getting there, Riffel followed his own advice to budding chefs: "Don't rush it, take your time when working under good chefs, study them and learn from them."

Pierre Terblanche puts SA design skills on the map

South African Pierre Terblanche's childhood passion for design and motorbikes blossomed into an automotive design career that has seen him create some of the world's most beautiful motorcycles.

From township to space: the first black African astronaut

It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.

Candice Swanepoel, SA's covergirl

With earnings of $3.3-million last year, South African model Candice Swanepoel ranks ninth on the Forbes top-earning models list. Now she's been featured on the cover of Victoria's Secret's latest swim catalogue - for the fourth consecutive year.

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